This chocolate covered chickpea snack is only 2 ingredients and provides high protein and energizing nutrition, as well as being very easy to make.
Chocolate Covered Chickpea Snack (2-ingredients)
I am fast falling in love with my 2-ingredient chocolate-covered roasted chickpea snack recipe.
They do say necessity is the mother of invention so perhaps that is where my ideas are coming from?
I’m busy. Aren’t well all? So maybe you have the same need? Fast snacks for me and family (and even people who drop in off the street, haha) that boost energy and wake us up (at least me for this last).
Easy protein snacks are just so suited for that. And when they involve mood-boosting dark chocolate, all the better!
How I Thought Of Chickpea Chocolate Clusters
Our 10-pound Pomeranian hurt his back this week, and he is typically super cheerful, but when he has a hurt, he becomes very moody and sadly quiet as though his world is ending. Poor thing.
Now this back issue is probably pretty painful, so we are all having to take turns babysitting him when it occurs. Hand-feeding him, handing him his water bowl, coaxing him with cucumbers, putting back his heating pad when he walks off with it, dragging it behind him.
If ever there was a time I needed a fast energy-boosting snack, this was it! (of course THOUGH I would never give chocolate to a dog – NO ONE SHOULD. It’s deadly for dogs.) Anyway, back to me…
So I immediately thought “chocolate”. (for ME, never the dog!) Perfect nutritious energizer. But I also needed protein.
Oh sure, I know I took a detour earlier to use white beans instead of chickpeas in some conventional recipes. But that doesn’t mean I’ve cooled to chickpea qualities – never! I love the protein and fiber that they deliver.
Are Chickpeas a Good Snack?
Chickpeas have been enjoying a reputation in the last few years as being a “superfood”.
This popular legume, or bean, is low in fat and sodium, high in protein, fiber, iron, antioxidants. Also high in vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, zinc, choline, and selenium – all of which are often short in traditional diets.
So wrapping them in magnesium-and-antioxidant rich dark chocolate seems like the perfect way to a wholesome easy healthy snack!
The end result is rich dark chocolate and salty interior – no manufactured candy bar can come close in taste or nutrition to this homemade wonder.
How to Make Chocolate Chickpea Clusters
They are so easy to make. Look at my step-by-step image below.
The only time-drag here is you must roast the chickpeas. But that’s all, no other prep is needed.
Roasting The Chickpeas Is What Melts The Chocolate
Pop them in the oven and go do something else while they roast.
But remember, to make the melting magic happen, the chickpeas must go straight from the oven into a bowl of chocolate chips – so plan your schedule accordingly!
You’ve heard of the rule of the gong? Well, this is the rule of the hot chickpea! Okay, now I’m getting silly, all those puppy-sitting-sleepless nights are getting to me.
Do you want more desserts that contain beans?
How about my White Bean Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?
If you like easy chocolate desserts, you will love my chocolate protein bars recipe and how-to as well as my recipe for Chocolate Carmel Cakes. It has a bit longer ingredient list, and but so delicious and nutritious!
Consider These 2 and 3-Ingredient Chocolate Recipes
And here are some other energizing recipes:
- Sugar Cookie Truffles
- Chocolate Spice Truffles
- Vegan Cookie Dough
- Easy Truffles Recipe
- Protein Ball Recipes
- Crunch Bars
- Vegan Fudge
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Chocolate Covered Chickpea Snack
- 1 can (15oz/425gms) chickpeas (I use organic bpa-free brands, including WholeFoods 365)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Rinse chickpeas and spread them on a foil or parchment-lined quarter-sized cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Stir once to make sure undersides are also toasted.
- Pour chocolate chips in a bowl, and pour HOT chickpeas straight from the oven on top of the chocolate chips, stirring to melt them.If you need to, microwave the bowl in increments of 20 seconds until chocolate is melted enough to stir and coat the chickpeas.
- Replace the parchment in the cookie sheet and dollop 1 tbsp of mixture in rows, with 1 inch separation. Chill in refrigerator for one hour.
- They are ready to eat! Store in frig or room temperature, it’s up to you.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in immunological nutritional studies and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.